The chemical composition of some bog waters from the Falkland Islands

Eville Gorham, J. B. Cragg

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Bog waters in the Falkland Islands exhibit unusually high salt concentrations, owing to very heavy deposition of sea spray. Their acidity appears due partly to exchange of metal cations in sea spray for hydrogen ions adsorbed on the peat colloids, and partly to oxidation of hydrogen sulphide generated by peat decomposition. The relatively large amounts of sea salt deposited on the peaty soils of the Falklands, together with the lightness of the rainfall, may perhaps be of some importance in maintaining their grass cover against degeneration and erosion.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Ecology
StatePublished - 1960


  • Chemistry of lake waters/sediments and wetland waters/peats in relation to controlling environmental factors

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